Posted on 03/04/2014
The Cancer Coalition of South Georgia has been working in the Lee County school system since the start of the 2013-2014 school year. Lee County High School students formed “Trojans Against Tobacco”, a youth action coalition, to help raise awareness and promote policy change. In January, the school board approved a policy that designates Lee County schools 100% tobacco-free, which complies with the state’s strict guidelines. As part of its continued efforts to educate the community about the dangers of tobacco, the “Trojans Against Tobacco” will host a special event in March.
“Kick Butts Day is a national day of activism that empowers youth to stand up and speak out against the harms of tobacco use” explained Lee County High senior and ‘Trojans Against Tobacco’ member Turner Hitt. To celebrate this national event the Cancer Coalition of South Georgia, Southwest Georgia Public Health District and Lee County Family Connection – all sponsors of the “Trojans Against Tobacco” initiative – are hosting Behind the Smoke – The Untold Dangers of Tobacco Use.
The event will be held on Tuesday, March 18 from 5:00-6:30 PM at the Lee County Public Library on Walnut Avenue in Leesburg. “The presentation promises to be informative and very moving” said Cancer Coalition Health Education Coordinator Kimberly Scott. “We are bringing in two speakers who are members of Greater Atlanta Voicemasters, a support group for those who have undergone laryngectomies” (surgical removal of the larynx (voice box)). The speakers will share personal stories exposing the hidden dangers of smoking.
Middle and high school students, parents, health professionals and concerned citizens are invited to attend. Those wishing to register for the free event or who have questions should call (229) 430-7870.
For more information about the Cancer Coalition of South Georgia’s tobacco efforts, visit www.sgacancer.org/tobacco.